Not really, but occasionally seeing what others are dealing with helps me put things in perspective. And friends in my circle (like you) offer a sympathetic ear, which is always nice.
Some really make an effort, I think. Then you have those who believe they understand people's problems, think problems come from people not having "honesty" shoved in their faces, and are surprised/upset when people start blocking them. A fair few though just talk about their own problems or opinions instead of commenting on another's story with thoughtfulness.
I have had some wonderful advice from friends.
Since i arrived....yes :)
sometimes they have